- Abu Dis Mayor Ahmad Abu Hilal: “I Can Tell You 100% That The Implementation of The Annexation Plan Has Begun.”
by KHALED ABU TOAMEH, https://www.jpost.com/
Once touted as Palestinians’ capital, Abu Dis may shrink under annexation
“I can tell you 100% that the implementation of the annexation plan has begun.”
As far as Abu Dis Mayor Ahmad Abu Hilal is concerned, Israel has already begun implementing its plan to apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, including his town, southeast of Jerusalem.
On Wednesday morning, he woke up to the sound of Israeli bulldozers entering the Abu Mugheira area in the Suwwaneh neighborhood of Abu Dis, long touted as the future capital of an independent Palestinian state.
In recent weeks, every move by the Israeli authorities in the Jordan Valley and some Palestinian villages in the West Bank has been interpreted as a sign that Israel has begun implementing the annexation plan on the ground. Some Palestinians claimed that the IDF has removed signs warning Israeli citizens from entering Palestinian Authority-controlled areas to pave the way for implementation of the plan.
Others claimed that the Israeli authorities have begun distributing water and electricity bills to Palestinians living in areas that could be annexed by Israel, adding that this was an indication that the Jewish state was serious about its intention to implement the plan.
The bulldozers arrived in Abu Dis to demolish a one-story structure that was under construction and whose owners had ignored repeated warnings by Israeli authorities to halt the building. The structure belonged to the Surkhi family in Abu Dis. The bulldozers also tore down a wall surrounding a playground.